Space Eclipses Location in The New Housing Era... This Home Has Both: 8,000 Gross Square Feet in Prime Park Slope
Idyllic Park Slope Sanctuary Provides Perfect Oasis in these Covid Times
Indulge in this stunning limestone townhouse that offers 8,000 square feet of living space to self-isolate. With the new age of social distancing, residents will find comfort in this homes spacious floor plan. Voluminous in size and scope, this residence boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths, a yard & 3 outdoor terraces - the ultimate in palatial splendor.
The house is large: 20'x83', with a grand center staircase that allows most rooms to span the entire width of the house. Its roomy interior and outdoor space create the perfect environment for those who need to work (& play) at home, without feeling a sense of claustrophobia. The house resembles an enchanting European Villa, making it ideal for stay-at-home vacations too.
It currently serves as a single-family residence, but is a legal two-family and can easily be modified to provide a substantial high-income rental at the garden level, which has its own private entrance and private outdoor space. This level also includes a guest suite and sauna (see floor plan). It is ideal for visiting family or friends who might need to self-isolate upon arrival for an extended visit.
The current owner renovated and modernized the home - including the electrical, plumbing, all bathrooms & kitchen, and added multi-zoned air conditioning & acoustic stereo sound systems. At the same time, the details were painstakingly preserved by master craftspeople. The list of lavish original details is endless: filigreed mahogany woodwork, an abundance of stained-glass windows, fretwork screens, Corinthian columns, carved newel posts, wainscoting, original inlaid parquet floors, 15 coffered ceilings on the dining room floor, stunning millwork, and 6 lavishly detailed mantled fireplaces (3 converted to gas).
Much of the spacious interior is devoted to communal living, including a music room/performance space with ideal acoustics, a library room that boasts the classic ladder, a dining room with original tapestries, a huge game room, a duplex kitchen that features custom stained-glass windows from the studios of Frank Lloyd Wright, a Juliet balcony for sipping a glass of wine while cooking, and a lower-level multi-windowed breakfast room that opens out onto a covered deck.
A sub-basement, which spans the entire length & width of the house without arches, boasts an 8" high ceiling and can be converted to a gym or media room. Currently, a wine cellar sits in the rear.
Martin Scorcese in "The Age of Innocence," HBO in "Boardwalk Empire," and Steven Soderbergh in "The Knick" filmed in this home because it depicted the opulent living of a by-gone era.
All of the bathrooms are finished in stone (marble, granite, slate) and the bathtubs are cast iron.
The Master Bedroom has an en suite bath that includes a steam shower, multiple nozzles, a bidet, and a soaking tub sized for two that looks out onto views of the Manhattan skyline. Off the bedroom is a spectacular-looking pass-through that is equipped with a marble sink, built-in cedar drawers & closets, mirrors and a changing area.
On the top floor sits a large bedroom with an en suite bath and a vented laundry room, another full bathroom and a large home office (which can double as a bedroom) with a wall of built-in shelves, and which opens out onto a roof terrace with Manhattan skyline views.
One more flight up is a spacious roof deck with panoramic city views.
Additionally, the house has a fully functioning mechanical dumbwaiter that spans four floors, beginning at the garden level.
This home has stood the test of time - a luxurious refuge during the Spanish Flu; its peacefulness and security are to be coveted in these Covid times.
Located in central Park Slope, considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country, this house is only one block away from majestic Prospect Park and the weekly Farmers' Market at Grand Army Plaza. The cultural charms of the area, which include the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum, are a few blocks away. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Barclays Center are nearby, along with the area's finest public and private schools, public transportation, and parking garages. Local fare, restaurants and shopping are one block away on 7th Ave and nearby along 5th Avenue.
This house reflects the efforts of artisans and masters of their craft in its restoration, including: Ron DiDonno Architects, Ernest Porcelli/Glass Art of Brooklyn, and Joseph Guido/Foro Marble.